First of three books in Heather Day Gilbert’s new Barks & Beans Cozy Mystery series, No Filter opens with Macy Hatfield joining her brother Bo’s new Cafe/Dog petting venture in their West Virginia hometown. With both siblings still reeling from the end of their relationships, their cafe and it isn’t long before Macy is a bit distracted by a local murder and Bo is joining in on the investigation.
Written with an emphasis on characters, No Filter features an interesting murder plot that has Macy adopting the murder victim’s Great Dane, inadvertently inviting more trouble to her door and bringing some of Bo’s secrets to light. I always enjoy Heather Day Gilbert’s writing, and No Filter has me eagerly waiting for the rest of this series.
No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert (Barks & Beans Cafe, #1) | Woodhaven Press, May 2020 | ebook, 242 pages
This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily read courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.
Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike.
When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog’s collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer.
Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.